This was the first detailed written constitution adopted by the English state. It provided a legal basis for the rule of Oliver Cromwell and the Major Generals between 1653 and 1657.
The Instrument of Government
Fact of the Day
According to Suetonius, emperor Caligula banned anyone mentioning goats in his presence, because he looked like one.
Quote of the Day
"Revolution is not an apple that falls when it's ripe. You have to make it fall. "
~ Che Guevara
On This Day
1016 Cnut defeated Edmund Ironside at the Battle of Assandun, forcing Edmund to make a peace with the invading Danes: he got to keep Wessex, but the rest of England came under Danish rule. A month later, he had died of 'natural causes' so Wessex, too, went to Cnut.
1216 King John died of dysentery. He was succeeded by his nine year old son, Henry III.
1867 The US officially took possession of Alaska. It wasn't a popular decision at the time.
1922 The BBC was founded.